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Savage Continent

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Savage Continent: Europe in the Aftermath of World War II Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250033567
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Published: Picador - July 2nd, 2013

Lowe's mastery of this huge, complex subject and the clarity of his writing makes this a valuable and compelling book. What elevates it further is his treatment of difficult questions about nationalism, prejudice, vengeance, and victimhood. And how perpetual cycles of violence depend on misused historical memory. Highest recommendation. ~ Reviewed by Bill Lewis

The Graves Are Walking

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The Graves Are Walking: The Great Famine and the Saga of the Irish People Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250032171
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Published: Picador - July 23rd, 2013

This incisive history is as complete , balanced, and as well written as may be hoped for. The Irish Famine had powerful trans-Atlantic impact in the mid-19th century and still has strong and important resonance today. Kelly superbly deals with all of the political, economic, and cultural factors in this complex story...but never loses sight of the elemental human suffering. ~ Reviewed by Bill Lewis

Meetinghouses of Early New England

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ISBN: 9781558499102
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Published: University of Massachusetts Press - March 12th, 2012

Serious students of early New England will be Grateful for this scholarly gem; but armchair historians should also be delighted. Both groups will appreciate the author's smooth writing style and be fascinated by the illustrations. The perfect gift for your minister, your historical society, genealogy folks, etc. P.S.- Is your church/town in appendix B? ~ Reviewed by Bill Lewis

The Barbarous Years: The Peopling of British North America: The Conflict of Civilizations, 1600-1675 by Bernard Bailyn - Book Review

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The Barbarous Years: The Peopling of British North America--The Conflict of Civilizations, 1600-1675 Cover Image
ISBN: 9780375703461
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Published: Vintage - August 13th, 2013

Masterful account of the settlement of Atlantic America that bypasses useless myths and expertly unravels accepted generalizations. At age 90 (!) Bernard Bailyn gives us yet another remarkable study of early American history. Correctly illuminates dangers, difficulties and uncertainties that make it sober story. ~ Reviewed by Bill Lewis

Snow-Storm in August

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Snow-Storm in August: The Struggle for American Freedom and Washington's Race Riot of 1835 Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307477484
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Published: Anchor - April 9th, 2013

Beautifully crafted example of "small" history at its best. Irresistibly and effortlessly sweeps the reader into a time and place seething with racist tension and then tells a forgotten story featuring virtually unknown actors caught in a life-or-death drama. A book you'll wish were longer...a book you won't forget. ~ Reviewed by Bill Lewis

A Labyrinth of Kingdoms

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A Labyrinth of Kingdoms: 10,000 Miles Through Islamic Africa Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393346237
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - August 19th, 2013

Think of 19th century Europeans exploring interior Africa and names that come to mind include Livingstone, Stanley, Burton, Speke etc. Why not Heinrich Barth? A 10,000 mile journey lasting almost 6 years and involving every danger and hardship one might associate with the time and place. And he might have been the smartest and least predjudiced European to visit Africa before the 20th century. ~ Reviewed by Bill Lewis


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